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of congressional republicans, including house speaker john boehner went on twitter insisting obama should stop this outrage of liking sports. get off my lawn! it is march madness, republican style. the first day of spring, the annual opportunity for house republicans to turn over an old leaf they know they shouldn't turn over any more but they can't stop themselves. also clearly it is going to be gonzaga. peter alexander is traveling with peter, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the new attacks emphasize the importance of reaching a peace deal between the israelis and palestinians. and on that very topic, even as we speak right now live in the west bank city of ramallah, the president within the last five minutes touching down there by marine one, the u.s. helicopter. he is visiting with the palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas. this is the president's first visit with abbas. their conversation, of course, will focus on the potential for peace plan between the two sides. the president, however, yesterday indicated that he is really here to listen. administration officials have
in a state, a state that has the most restrictive laws in the country? during the election, president obama promised change we can believe in and he's delivering. republicans promise change, too. but nobody believes in it, least of all the republicans. joining me now are krystal ball and joan walsh. thanks for being here tonight. >> thanks for having us, reverend. >> do the republicans not notice their rhetoric, that it doesn't mesh with their reality? >> i don't know, to be honest with you. because on the one hand, they see the demographic trends. the rnc conducted an autopsy of their dead party. we know that there's a problem. >> we call it a flawtopsy. >> on the other hand, it would really upset their base on gay marriage, even as 58% of americans accept gay marriage, the base of the republican party is in this very different place. so they don't know how to make that movement without upsetting their base, which is why you saw after that autopsy, which did make some comments about young people needing to see that the republican party was more open on issues of equality for the lgbt commu
to see you. >> president obama did try to bring some republicans with him on this trip. politico reports eric cantor got an invitation, but he said he was too busy. president obama and netanyahu were busy watching developments in syria where rebels claim their president used chemical weapons on their own people. president obama says he's skeptical assad used chemical weapons. >> we have been clear that the use of chemical weapons guess against the syrian people would be a mistake. >> by the way, netanyahu agrees with president obama on syria conservatives tried to use our relationship with israel to grab votes. they accused president obama of not getting it. and some called him the most antiisrael president in history. bb set the record straight. >> i want to thank you for the investment you've made in our relationship and strengthening the alliance between our countries. the president has reaffirmed more than any other president, israel's right and duty to defend itself against any threat. so it's a pro found honer to host you, the leader of the free world, at this historic time in our
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of the republicans' second committee issuing a statement saying that president obama's ncaa bracket is a shocking failure of leadership. the house republican conference put this video on youtube equity the same complaint, how dare he? all kinds of congressional republicans went on twitter insisting that he should stop this outrage of liking sports. get off my lawn! it's march madness republican style. the annual opportunity for house republicans to turn over an old leaf they know they should not turn over any more but cannot stop themselves. also, clearly, it will be in zepa. don't tell john maynor, because he would be furious. that does it for us tonight. we will see you tomorrow night. right now it is time for the last word with lawrence o'donnell. have a great night. we now know that when the president's away, republicans will play the same budget games they play when he's here. >> the united states of america stands with the state of israel. >> obama in israel for the first time as president. >> joking with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu that it was good to get from congress. >> yo
are you, my friend. good to see you. >> good seeing you. >> president obama did try to bring some republicans with him on this trip. a political reports that air kantor got it, but he was too busy. there were also busy today watching developments in neighboring syria, where rebels claimed their own president used chemical weapons on a village in the north. the attack killed 31 people, and the government sealed off the area to keep out journalists and international observers. president obama says he is not sure. >> the use of chemical weapons against the syrian people would be a serious and tragic mistake. they must understand they will be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons or their transfer to terrorists. >> netanyahu agrees with president obama on syria. conservatives tried to use our relationship with israel to grab votes. they accused president obama of not getting it, of being dangerous. some called him the most anti-israel president in american history. >> i want to thank you for the investment you have made in our relationship and in strengthening the friendshi
's because in this last election, obviously, the groups that support, that are in the obama coalition, those democrats are on the rise, they engaged at record levels, and the incorrect estimation about vote turnout led the republicans to not only lose, but be surprised by their losses. so you can look at it that way. midterm elections traditionally are older and whiter, and the kind of voters that have carried obama to victory twice through his very, very shrewd and, you know, expert techniques do not engage in midterm elections, no so interested in congressman snodgrass' reelection or the challenge he's running in district 5 to a republican congressman. we're also looking at the diminished opportunity for democrats who talked about the 17 seats that sabato mentions. these swing seats are disappearing. they were 174 or so in 1998, only 99 of them in 2012. there's just not a lot of opportunity to take back a district that mitt romney won. and no ore expert -- other expert so far that knows the map is disagreeing with what larry sabato is saying about how hard it would be. jon: there isn't a p
, it is absolutely a bright to figure out what you did wrong, and the obama people outperformed republicans in that number of ways. the idea that we are on the brink of going out of business is overstated. >> do you think that there is with the report that the chairman put together and the money if the party is willing to commit to reach out, is that the answer to try to expand the party by paying people to the operatives out there, to make that connection, to look for ways to expand the party at tracks? >> that is a big part of it. i commend the chairman. it was a very thoughtful, ferro report. it has some good recommendations. campaignis, the obama and the democrats did a good job of having people out there. they did that better than we did. they had a presence in all communities you had that you needed to turn out, to win. we need to be in the community year round, cycle through cycle, not just in the last three months of an election. having storefront campaign headquarters and party headquarters, people in the committee all the time is an important part. a lot of the focus has been on d
party? >> i don't think the president barack obama will give up. he talked about that when he visited with us. house republicans last week at the capitol when it came down. in that think that senator reid and senator feinstein are finally realizing and just facing reality that the assault weapons ban that was passed in the 90's did not work. there were still a high percentage of gun crimes. i completely understand why we're having this dialogue because we are all grieving over the shooting in sandy hook, conn. of course, the other shootings around the country. lou: we are not treating as much profoundly as i would have expected haul. we have not heard any discussion about mental health legislation that would go to the issue of gun possession and ownership. we're not grieving nearly as much as i would have expected has seriously and replete breathing are we. >> that is what we're trying to do ny went to the republican study commission serine -- chair and said we need to have a gun initiative, a second amendment initiative. we talked about the other side of the gun issue. the president,
right away. this plan will protect and strengthen medicare. it begips, yes, by repealing obama care. >> the resolution passed 221 221-207. with ten republicans an all democrats voting against it. >> this is an uncompromising ideological approach to our budget issues. this also fails the test of taking a balanced approach. >> the senate is planning to vote on the ryan blueprint to hold republican feet to the fire. >> it was crafted by a hard right group in the house. and most republicans would rather run away from it. we saw that happen during the presidential campaign. we're not going to let them run. >> senate democrats favor budget chair patty murray's plan to raise taxes, increase spending and never come to balance. top republicans say it doesn't add up. >> that means more debt. fewer jobs. frankly much higher taxes from the american people. we certainly hope that the president will change his mind and submit a plan that actually balances the budget. >> the senate plans to vote on the dueling plans and a whole series of amendments tomorrow. democrats say they favor a balanceed ap
part of our american politics. during the presidential campaign republicans tried to make a big stink about how president obama had never visited israel, not once in his first term. just hike every republican president since nixon. george is h.w. bush didn't go. on his trip today, he planted a tree. he also signed a guest book. there were plenty of photo ops. this was the big wuchlt see that big box thing that looks like it's on the back of a truck there. the president visiting the israeli air defense system that has a name that sounds like it comes out of a come iblg book. the iron dome. a big iron dome fly swater paid for in part by the united states. and that's where our domestic politics intruded on today's presidenttial trip abroad. we are still trying to wrap our heads around the self inflicted unnecessary designed to be dumb budget cuts. the sequester. and yes, those cuts include the funding for the iron dome. at his press conference today with his israely counter part, the president oohed and aued. >> we're providing more security security assistance and advanced technology to
, and as the hair take foundation pointed out the republican budget gets rid of the obama care benefits but keep in it the obamacare taxes and the obamacare medien in fact, tt does not balance in ten year unless you include those obamacare taxes and savings. so you can't have it both ways. >> neil: it's a moot point because it's going nowhere. the idea of -- i think the train left the station. >> i think that that's right but you can't claim to be in balance and claim to be getting rid of obamacare at the same time. that's my point. >> neil: always a pleasure. gm is touting the new stingray after a very happy meeting with lawmakers in washington. charles paine wondering, why washington? [ male announcer ] just when you thought you had experienced performance a new ride comes along and changes everythi. the powerful gs. get great values on your favorite lexus models during the mmand performance sales event. this is the pursuit of perfection. .. for over 75 years people have saved money with...ohhh... ...with geico... ohhh...sorry! director's voice: here we go. from the top. and action for over 75
on the whole bernanke has done a good job. he has made the same mistake obama has made, which is you want estimating the depth and length of this weak economy. in some ways the strongest argument for obama to replace him is a partisan argument. there have bn republicans this job now for more than 20 years. and i think democrats may not want the fed chairman job to be something that is seen as a republican job. now, bernanke is, of course, being criticized much more by republicans than democrats will at this point but he still is originally a republican, there are some, geithner, and summers, and including in blinder who would be serious candidates if persh key were to leave. >> rose: your thought, sir? the scuttlebutt from everybody is that he'll probably have snufafteeight years. i do believe that if he wants a third term and he asked the president for it, he'd probably get it for the reasons david said. he's done a very good-- never mind personal, never mind republican. he's just done a very good job. as david said, he's got republicans a lot angrier than teams, even though he came into
room." >> if dealing with republicans in washington wasn't difficult enough, president obama took steps to revive the middle east peace effort. it was built on a photo-op worth a thousand words but it's president obama's words who has the world's attention. he started with meetings with mahmoud abbas. he urged both israelis and palestinians to think outside the box on how to start talks. it was his first trip outside of the white house since four years ago. he addressed young israelis in jerusalem. even there american politics wasn't far away. >> obama: you know politically given the strong support in america, the easiest thing for me to do is to put this issue aside. express unconditional support for whatever israel decides to do. that would be the easiest political path. but i want you to know that i speak to you as a friend who is deeply concerned and committed to your future. >> michael: and sometimes only friends can deliver the hard truth. >> you have the opportunity to be the generation that permanently secures the zionist ring, or you can face the growing challenge to its future
evening, tracy. we sat down with a senator, republicans say was the first to fight the president's health care plans, holding meetings to defeat them early in the obama administration, well before congress started its work to pass what became obamacare. we asked senate minority leader why republicans continue to fight the law even if republicans take over the senate and white house in 2016, the benefits will have started then, and americans will refuse to give them up, and mcconnell says that's not so. >> that's what the left hopes, but in the meantime, the cost of premiums is going up, people find out they can't necessarily keep the plans that the president said you could keep, and, in fact, none was promises made are happying, and they are not going to happen, so if you believe it can't possibly work and we're in a representative democracy, hopefully democrats with start responding to pressure to give us an opportunity to begin to blast big holes in it, and in my view, it needs to be pulled out root and branch, and the first opportunity that we have to do that, if the american people gi
of cuts. the republicans agreed to spending cuts. a fair accounting of overall debt would allow them -- so the notion that obama was moving the goal post was less accurate that -- sorry. wanted to wake you guys back up. [laughter] apologize. [cheers and applause] that's actually as far as we got even writing frankly. it was -- [snoring] [laughter] it was after that article that woodward received a rather curious e-mail. >> and it was said to me in an e-mail by a top -- >> what was it? >> it was said very clearly you will regret doing this. >> you won't be threaten bud a senior official. you've gone through worse than this. >> jon: (bleep) got real mother (bleep). [ laughter ] you'll regret this. [laughter] these administration chicago-style thugs storm arming a formerly young reporter like this, if only we had the e-mails. oh, where are you? perhaps if i saw julian assange's name three times they'll appear. assange, assangeassange. >> we have the copy of e-mail. >> jon: it turns out it was sent to him by noted gangster senior economic adviser gene sperling or mean gene as no one has ever c
. that would cnge my calculus. >> reporter: back in washington a top republican charge the administration's policy has been addressed. >> the obama administration saw a reformer. on the revolt started they backed u.n. diplomacy. then they bet on moscow to play a constructive role. predictably, none of this has worked. >> reporter: here in israel today netanyahu's new intelligence minister said, it is apparently clear chemical weapons were used in syria. the republican chairman of the house intligence committee said he believes chemical weapons were used by the regime with a caveat. >> there is a high probability that a chemical agent was used. again, i would like to see forensic evidence. >> reporter: the u.s. ambassador to syria is in this -- in the sea has been shuttered for more than a year pays on the question of chemical weapons. >> i cannot tell you what happened. i can tell you that we have a large team of people working on it right now. >> reporter: raising the stakes by saying the syrian regime has lost control the border with turkey. meanwhile, in jordan where the president will
and his syria in fact use chemical weapons as has been reported. and the republican party engaged in a sort of a civil war. we'll get into that, but first -- >> announcer: this is the "full court press." >> espn releasing president obama's complete march madness yesterday as the men's tournament gets underway today. number one louisville, indiana, ohio state, and then florida. and he believes that indiana will beat louisville on n the title game. on the women's side baylor connecticut, and california. his final pick for that will be revealed tomorrow. >> bill: i didn't do the women's bracket. >> i don't the women's bracket. i'm sorry. >> bill: we'll let you know our picks later this hour. >> michelle obama was at the [ inaudible ] to celebrate easter and brought bo with her. she handed out bo-shaped cookies, and handed out tickets to the easter egg roll at the white house. >> bill: that fisher house is a great, great program. really, really do good stuff. >> yeah. >> and how about genetically modified seafood for dinner tonight. the usda is close to approving
and then the obama machine. when those two things come together in 2016, the republicans have a really tough job. there is a reason that there has been nobody from the complete outside come in and run for president for either party. you to have a network and an organization. one of the best things i think that dr. ben carson can do, if he is seriously considering this, is to enjoy a little bit of spotlight now. not every tv show right now. find some people that can advise you and go out to the cabin in the woods for three months and think. get four stages deep in the question. the problem with the republicans is they fall in and out of love with people in if hours. nobody can have any staying power. now we don't like rand paul because he his policy on immigration is bad. they get all thrown up in the air. >> eric: greg? >> greg: yeah. okay. i want to go through the -- these are all the recent targets, by what i call the new white racist, gawker and daily coast and whatever. ben carson, herman cain, allen west, clarence thomas. who do they have in common other than black and conservative? surgeon
dennis ross, who is a long-time lead middle east negotiator in both republican and democratic administrations and a former obama adviser as well. so clinton bush and obama, all of the above. first of all to you, jeffrey, your reaction to the speech today. you were there in the hall, the feeling from the young people. admittedly, more supportive of obama perhaps than the overall israeli public. >> maybe, but i mean many university students do lean right. most amazing thing about it for me was a huge ovation when president obama called for the creation of a palestinian state in different iterations and i was thinking when i was in there, if he had given that speak at an apec convention in washington, he might have been booed. i'm trying to imagine what arab audiences across the muslim world were thinking when they saw israelis cheer obama for calling, for palestinian state. it was kind of a brief moment of possibility there. >> and dennis, you spent so many years trying to make this happen, do you think in retrospect, that the administration got off on the wrong foot with prime
of imperfect storm here during the obama administration. you have the republicans, many of whom support thedea of more presidential authority in the use of force, and you have a lot of democrats who don't want to criticize the president. you have a heads and -- you have a hesitancy to have the proper debate. the libya example is a very important one to look at. ,ost: congresswoman barbara lee a guest earlier today, pointing to the use of military force after 9/11 after the terrorist attack. "if that was a turning point, it gave too much broad authority to the executive branch." guest: there is some truth to that. we have an inherent right to self-defense as a nation, which allows us to take actions against international terrorist organizations. the way i have always put this, any place in any country that either cannot or will not deal with these elements -- that has been the justification coming out of that authorization for the broader use of force against individual targets. the concern i have is, first of all, we don't know. we don't know the actual justifications for that. number one. and
he's a minority. it's not a bad idea at all to find what barack obama did within the democratic party, unified the dlc win with the liberate wing. it's not insane. >> we still need to hear a bit more about some of his ideas. >> yes. >> before advising the republican party to embrace him. >> okay. david, but maybe the reason so many conservatives have become no enamored is because you will not catch him saying things like this. take a listen to michele bachmann today. >> the american people especially vulnerable women, vulnerable children, vulnerable senior citizens now get to pay more and they get less. that is why we're here. because we're saying let's repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens. let's not do that. let's love people. let's care about people. let's repeal it now while we can. >> david, i'm sorry to subject you to listens to that, but it's one thing to say europosed to the affordable care act. it's quite another to suggest that that legislation will kill you, isn't it? >> can we just skip to the next segment? listening to
. they are uncertain -- neil: of obama, period. >> no, the shenanigans -- neil: he's part of that. >> by a 20 point margin, americans blame the uncertainty on republicans in congress -- neil: why are the president's approval numbers down eight points? >> not as far as congress'. neil: i understand, but, listen, they are down. now, i'm not here to defend the republicans in congress, but i think they've been awful on a lot of the issues, but facts of the matter is it takes two to tango, and both got us in the tangle. i wonder if neither really sees the need to address these issues or the urgency of the issues, those numbers are going to steadily go even more -- >> it's a problem. it's a vicious cycle. people -- neil: we're caught in it. >> exactly, then the economy doesn't do well, the congress starts more shenanigans -- neil: you can understand why people are nervous; right? >> of course i can. of course i can. wages also are not up. neil: right. >> productivity's up, but wages stagnating. that's another economic
% of the electorate in the last year. 80% of latinos in california supported barack obama and other democratic candidates last year. that is the most lop sided turnout on record. so simply put no group was as helpful to the democrats in 2012 as latinos. >> republicans have been doing a lot of talk about quoting latinos. >> first soul searching and then action maybe. we say that finally because republicans have been discussing this lost opportunity since 2008 only to see only a worse outcome in 2012. now republicans are organizing to get back some of that vote. in california republicans have created something called grow elect. it is a new political action committee dedicated to identifying and cultivating latino candidates ranging from school board elections to maral campaigns. >> and the republicans are hoping for? >> to get back in theic politic game. just last week helped elect three latinos, races that were small, city council types. for the three winners it is the first time to experience support from the republican party. look for this group, grow elect to take on a more prominent role n
, but retains the revenue lines for the future. let's say obama care increased certain taxes. the ryan budget allowed that revenue. it does balance the budget in 10 years while his past did in 30 years. the balancing is key that the republicans are going to be pounding away for several months going toward the 2013 mid term elections. michael: hearing that, we listen to ryan, boehner i listen to what you're saying about obamacare you and i both know the reality that this is not going to pass the senate. what is this had muted ecstasy we are hearing out of ryan and boehner over this ryan budget passing and the government shutdown being averted? >> well, there's a lot of misconceptions about what these budgets are. they're largely political documents meant to set fort the vision of a party. they're not at all setting spending projections for the government. the is that the, the democrats in the senate are going to pass their own budget that has vastly different spending priorities and it basically allows the parties to put forth their vision for the future in front of the american people and the
the much-debated ryan budget with ten republicans voting no. the plan promises deep spending cuts to entitlement programs, a sticking point for democrats. however, congressman ryan and speaker boehner wasted no time on the house floor pointing fingers at president obama for the budget standstill. >> the president has an opportunity during this critical debate to come forward and to help make this part of his legacy like it has become part of the clinton legacy. >> he gets his ncaa bracket in on time, but still no budget. >> mike, good day to you. third time the house is voting on the ryan budget. you have house speaker boehner giving his reading. what is different this time around, especially when it comes to the politics of it all? >> i'll tell you, alex, there's something remarkable going here in congress. not only is there passionate debate, there is finger pointing going on back and forth. that goes without saying on capitol hill. but it's followed by actual votes in the house and in the senate. let's starts with the positive here. at least there's one positive aspect to this.
friendly fire from a fellow con sear conservative republican. bill o'reily blasting bachmann. cnn chief congressional correspondent dana bash tried to get bachmann to explain unfounded charges that obama was enjoying too many perks. >> it turns out o'riley tried to follow up. bachmann's spokesman suggested he read the book about bachmann -- okay. i'll get this right. he suggested that bill o'reily read this book where bachmann got those so-called facts out of. that didn't sit too well with o'rio o'rei o'reily. >> trivial attacks on president obama are obscuring serious problems in this country. does the president live well in the white house? yes, he does. is there money wasted it? you bet there is. every other president in history lived in comfort and president bush the younger had a bigger budget than barack obama does. this is a trivial pursuit and michel michele bachmann made a mistake pursuing it. >> he said she needs to focus on bigger issues. >>> will gitmo ever close? facebook.com/carol cnn or tweet me @carolcnn. a lot of heat with this question. keep it coming. you can rent a c
. he's asking the house to do it because the republican majority has the power to subpoena. senate democrats do not. the democrats control the senate. some say that the obama administration has blocked them from speaking to the survivors and saying they're stop that from happening and that the white house has something to hide. we'll continue to follow it. meantime, there is a buzz in washington over reports that america's former top diplomate may have been hacked. a hacker who calls himself guchifier, and identified himself as a former white house aide and may have obtained memos sent to former secretary of state. and the same hacker may have hacked the bush family and colin powell's facebook page and now set his sights on the former secretary of state. chris stirewalt, host of power play foxnews.com. >> megyn: this hacker appears to have hacked, it's not the good kind of gucci. >> no, no, the bad goochically. >> megyn: he managed to hack a person very connected to the clintons and apparently obtained about four memos between blumenthal and mrs. clinton in the days immediately aft
budget than anybody anticipated. balancing the budget was a major accomplishment for republicans and part of president clinton's legacy. i would hope that president obama would learn from that. the american people support balancing our budgets, and the budgets that democrats are considering never balances, ever. that means more debt, fewer jobs, and much higher taxes from the american people. we hope the president will change his mind and submit a plan that balances the budget. let's be clear, democrats in this town who reject the goal of balancing the budget are out of step. the american people know you cannot continue to spend money you do not have. i did not come here for a federal tight -- fancy title. i want to hand my kids and grandkids the same shot at the american dream that i had, not some mountain of debt. that is why republicans are working to balance the federal budget. been talk about the budget here. thatu think budgets -- they are essentially political weapons -- [indiscernible] have they just become weapons, because at the end of the day they are not binding? ofa budget is
demanded in the january deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. now, in contrast, the republican plan from the house budget committee will not increase taxes at all. the democrats' budget will also rack up $7.3 trillion in new debt over the next decade. since president obama took office four years ago, he has added more than $6 trillion to our national debt. for four years, he's run budget deficits over a trillion dollars each and every one of those four years. now senate democrats want to throw good money after bad and add another $7 trillion on top of that. the president has simply wasted too much of the american taxpayers' money. the american people have been stuck with an enormous bill, mr. president, as well as an anemic economy and economic growth which has been very slow. the american people think more than half of all washington spending is wasted and that democrats can't find a single dollar that they think should be saved. democrats actually want to increase washington spending by another $645 billion. this budget would spend $46 trillion over the next ten years. apparently presi
in indianapolis, republican line, go ahead. caller: good morning. i believe the first question was , i amof obama yesterday going on memory. i believe he will was asked about the alliance in syria. .t was during his conference the job of the president is to keep the american people safe, you know. involved withing syria, keep us americans safe. the world looks at us as a problem solvers of the world. the president's duty is to keep us safe domestically. getting involved in syria, if it helps him do it, then so be it great why would you want to spend up such a hornets nest? that's all i have. thanks very much. host: here is the usa today -- host: independent in pittsburgh, gary what are your thoughts on u.s. policy towards syria? caller: i think the big dangerous move is russia putting armor meant in syria -- armor ment in syria. in the background, turkey is an ally with syria and russia -- the rack is -- a rock his allies with -- iraq is allies with iran. troops we should get over on the israel border because russia wants to get into the middle east to control the oil. israel has a lot of gas and
with president carter, and i think president obama is also. he is a very very intelligent man, and most of the world recognizes that, except for republicans here. >> and it's good not to associate all of israel with the la-hoot. we're not all george w. bush either. >> caller: yeah. yeah. knock on wood for that one. >> there are a lot of peaceful efforts over there. >> hal: right. >> caller: what i'm looking at is why doesn't president obama just stand up and say i understand everyone's superstitions, but we have to base our policy on fact and no longer base it on superstition. >> hal: i think the use of the world superstition would cut you right there at the hamstring in that race. >> it's another great test for us to know we can't have the version that we want. >> caller: maybe not use the verbiage superstitions, but use a reasonable facsimile, so we could cut through all of that. >> hal: obama gave a speech at the convention center in israel in -- i guess in jerusalem he opened for nickelback, i think -- >> right before the car show. >> hal: yeah where aaron gra
. but there is no political reaction to middle america about what is going on here. president obama is still relatively popular, his policies are still relatively popular. >> his handling of the economy have dropped precipitously. he is now basically dead even with the republicans handling of the economy, so i think the president should be more worried about it than he is. republican paul ryan just introduced his budget which tries to balance the budget, this gathered a lot of support within republican ranks. the idea within 10 years you would balance the budget, that sort of feeding off the popular sense something has to be done here. stuart: do you think we will have a debt crisis? rapidly rising interest rates, falling value of the dollar, do you think we get that into relatively near future, a crisis? >> if it stays at 2% or little bit below that the next couple of years, i think you have to start worrying about a debt crisis because anything that can get us underneath this debt is strong economic growth and it just isn't happening. stuart: always a pleasure, thank you very much, sir. our next gue
. and they try to claim credit for the budget control act almost two years ago. and president obama resisted that, you remember how he just threatened the whole government was going to sink into the ocean. why? because we wouldn't raise the debt ceiling. and the republicans said we've got to have some cuts, mr. president. we have got to do something about the debt course. we can't continue. we're not going to allow you to keep running with the credit card of the people of america if you don't show that you're changing your habits and you're containing some of your lust to spend. finally an agreement. he hated it worse than anything. finally an agreement. he signed it. "i agree that if if you will raise my debt ceiling right now of $2.1 trillion, i promise in the future that i'll cut spending $2.1 trillion." if you let me do it over ten years, i'll sign it. but i've got to have my debt ceiling now. less than two years later we've already increased the debt ceiling $2.1 trillion. we're right up there again having to raise the debt ceiling again. it will be a matter of weeks that this has got to be
this republican budget for a variety of reasons. first of all, this is an uncompromising ideological approach to our budget issues. we've just been through a major national campaign. where both presidential candidates, president obama, governor romney, agreed on one thing and that was that the people of this country faced a fundamental choice in the direction we were going to take. and the american people voted and they resoundedly rejected the approach that is now taken once again for the third year in a row in this republican budget. this budget, as we've heard over the last couple days, fails on a number of counts. number one, it adopts the european style austerity approach that we've seen slow down economies in many parts of europe. we should instead be focusing on job growth and putting people back to work rather than a budget like this budget which will result in 750,000 fewer americans working by the end of this year. that's according to the independent nonpartisan congressional budget office. and it will result in more than two million fewer people working next year. it also fails the
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